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What To Do With Dads Tj?

Discussion in 'Quitters' Club' started by Boyink, Apr 13, 2023.

  1. Apr 13, 2023
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I have a dilemma.

    I don't need to solve it immediately. I'm just kicking ideas around here...

    For those not following along at home, a couple of years ago I inherited my dad's '00 TJ Sahara. He bought it new and it was his toy. It's got a 4" lift, 33x12.50s, ARB air lockers, and 4:56 gears in the stock axles. I6/3-speed auto. Also bumpers, rocker skids, winch, high-lift, etc. It's setup to flat-tow. It has less than 60K miles on it. Paints a little nicked and scratched up but shines up nice. Frame is all solid - I only ever drove it in snow once. Not sure Dad ever did.

    It was our 2nd car while we lived in Missouri. But I didn't wheel it much - I just didn't like the MO off-roading as much as sand dunes or Moab, etc. And honestly spending hours getting bashed around the inside of a vehicle is less appealing at 55 than it was at 35.

    With our recent move to the big city, I figured it was time to pass it down to my son who lives back in Michigan and could go dune running. He was all over it so I planned for him to come get it in May. It's sitting back in the garage in MO - we kept our house there and it's rented out to friends using just one garage stall.

    Then my son called and said they just couldn't swing it. He's getting married this fall, they just each bought new/used cars, and they have a house project.

    So, now what?

    No strings from my Dad - he's practical above all else so I know he won't mind if I sold it. Yet that sentimental factor remains.

    There's really no other family members that it needs to go to. Sister already had a Jeep phase. Brother...well, let's just say the Jeep would never be that nice again.

    It's not a great everyday driver. I can slide in, but MsBoyink has to use the step. The wide tires trash it in any kind of rain. You can't help but drag your pants over the rock sliders getting out so driving it to business meetings doesn't work.

    Other thought is to put it back close to stock. With how big the newer Wranglers are I kinda like the looks of a simple stock-ish TJ. Maybe drop to a 2" lift and 32x10-ish tires that tuck inside the fenders. It'd be a nimble little around-town rig.

    Just not sure how driveable it would be on the highways with the lower gears and then smaller tires. I was noodling around for OD ideas but doesn't look like anything simple there.

    Dunno. Just something to noodle on.
     
  2. Apr 14, 2023
    FinoCJ

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    Wow....I thought the 3speed auto died with the YJ....
     
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  3. Apr 14, 2023
    danielbuck

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    00 TJ with less than 60k miles on it and all those goodies? I'd toss the automatic trans and put in a 6 speed manual. Then just enjoy the **** out of it :). My 2006 has almost 300k miles on it and I still drive it like I stole it, TJs are fun vehicles :)
     
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  4. Apr 14, 2023
    47v6

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    Great jeep, will do whatever you want..

    Sounds like you want to sell it and have asked everyones permission, even tried to give it away. If it doesn't give you joy, let it go. We are too old to lug around stuff for others feelings about that stuff.

    And congratulations about your son, from quasi vagabond to getting off the bus to a job and now married with a house. That makes me smile ear to ear. Good job!
     
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  5. Apr 14, 2023
    PeteL

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    I too inherited wheels from my dad. After a few years of continuing his affection for the vehicles and enjoying them in his memory I figured it would be legit to trade them for something equally meaningful to my self. For example, a FWD tractor...

    (I'm also still using my Mom's '88YJ as my DD.)

    If the TJ doesn't fit your life today, I say it could honorably be swapped for something that does.
     
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  6. Apr 14, 2023
    givemethewillys

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    I think if you don't ever drive it, and don't see yourself wanting to in the future, you should let it go. You'll get top dollar I'd think, especially with all if the improvements. I wouldn't bring it back to stock, as I think that would actually lower its value.

    With all that said, I'd be reluctant to sell it. I go through the same thing with my cj5 project every so often, but I always come back to enjoying it and am happy I haven't sold it. Even if you only use it a few times a year when the weather is nice, does that make it worth it to remember your dad when you drive it?
     
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  7. Apr 14, 2023
    Boyink

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    Well, my Dad will tell you he's a "tight Dutchman." He was never big on owning things that only got used a few times a year...;)

    Some of the puzzle is that we aren't sure what next year brings. We're in Tulsa on a year-long commitment, living in a downtown apartment with covered parking but no place to work on anything.

    The TJ is 3.5 hrs away in MO at the house we still own and have friends renting. That situation is also temporary - the friends are building a house they'll move into eventually.

    We're not sure yet if we'll stay in Tulsa and if so, do we keep renting or look to buy something here?

    Don't know yet.

    If I keep the Jeep I have no issue making changes to it to make it more useful to me. Never been a big fan of prioritizing resale value over enjoyment. I like owning things rather than letting them own me...;)
     
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  8. Apr 14, 2023
    Jw60

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    I'ld find some around town wheels and tires if that's all that keeps you from driving it on a rainy day. Your walking most of the time anyway and the van is the road tripper. I feel like the van is a proper size to visit the grandkids.
     
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  9. Apr 16, 2023
    Steve's 70-5

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    I say go on and sell it. Price it a right and see if there is a buyer out there. You might not have a buyer. If you keep it you could find some take-off tires on Facebook Market.
     
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  10. Apr 16, 2023
    homersdog

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    I didn't realize you moved here. Welcome from Tulsa. I've been here since '62 and know the place pretty well if you ever need any help.
     
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  11. Apr 16, 2023
    Boyink

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    Thanks! Still kinda getting our bearings but looks like we're in good company.
     
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  12. Apr 16, 2023
    Richard in AZ

    Richard in AZ I just don't understand the like of patina

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    I have regrets about every Jeep I ever sold....

    Richard
     
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  13. Apr 16, 2023
    Boyink

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    I don't regret selling my CJ6, and I had way more time, blood, and emotional investment in that. The sale helped fund our 8 years of family RV travel which was life-changing for all of us. Without selling that Jeep I wouldn't have written a book.

    There is sentimental value with the TJ, sure. But it's different in that I didn't build it.
     
  14. Apr 16, 2023
    Richard in AZ

    Richard in AZ I just don't understand the like of patina

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    That's a good point....every Jeep I sold I had the labor of love invested.......

    Richard
     
  15. Apr 16, 2023
    jeepstar

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    Sell it immediately. I'm new to the TJ world and not impressed at all
     
  16. Apr 16, 2023
    vtxtasy

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    Tulsa Kings! :rofl:
     
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  17. Apr 16, 2023
    Boyink

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    Yea - been watching your thread and feeling bad about it. Age is another concern - just before I packed DadsTJ in the garage I had to have a new steering box, wheel cylinders, and a transmission shift level seal installed. Even though Dad put in an aftermarket radiator there's still a naggling leak somewhere. I smell it.
     
  18. Apr 16, 2023
    Boyink

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    Which they aren't going to film here again...too hot..;)
     
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  19. Apr 23, 2023
    termin8ed

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    With only 60k it's probably more than I want to spend but let me know if you do consider selling.
     
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  20. Apr 23, 2023
    Boyink

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    Haven't really looked at pricing much, but drove past a clean-looking unmodified twin on a lot here this weekend and they had $14K on the windshield....o_O
     
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